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Only two meetings with lawyer not enough to show ineffectiveness (access required)

Where an inmate claimed he was denied effective counsel because his lawyer met with him only twice, the court rejects the habeas writ  because there is no minimum number of meetings required of to provide effective representation. Other claims had ...

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Virginia Tech student’s due process rights not violated (access required)

Virginia Tech’s ministerial acts in reporting the academic status of a student on an F-1 visa who was arrested for weapons possession did not violate the student’s due process rights. Background Yunsong Zhao came to the United States on an ...

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Jurisdiction lacking over collection company owner (access required)

Because the plaintiff failed to sufficiently allege contact or connection between the owner of a debt collection agency and her FDCPA claim in the Western District, the court lacked personal jurisdiction. Background Betty West alleges that Americas Processing Center, Inc. ...

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Plaintiff could nonsuit after defendant’s motion to dismiss (access required)

Defendant objected to plaintiff’s notice of voluntarily dismissal without prejudice, which plaintiff filed after defendant moved to dismiss the suit. Defendant argued its motion to dismiss was actually a motion for summary judgment because it relied upon additional documents. The ...

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Young woman suffered head injury in wreck – $850,000 Verdict (access required)

On July 28, 2017, the plaintiff was a 17-year-old rising high school senior who was driving a Saturn in the right lane on Interstate 81 near Staunton when a tractor-trailer merged into the back of her car, causing it to ...

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Third-party contracts could be double dealing (access required)

A factfinder could conclude that a rail company bargained in bad faith in its contract with a coal shipper. Evidence supported an inference that the rail company actively incentivized third parties to frustrate the shipper’s performance and then refused good-faith ...

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WDVA: Complaint served 227 days post-filing can proceed (access required)

As amended in 2015, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m) doesn’t require dismissal of a complaint served late, even with good cause not shown. Here, extending the service deadline better served the interests of justice, since it wouldn’t prejudice the ...

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WDVA: Bankruptcy firm’s revoked practice privileges affirmed (access required)

After an initial stay pending appeal, the district court reinstated the revocation of privileges for UpRight Law LLC and related entities to practice before the bankruptcy court. Revocation was based on the defendants’ unethical business practices that preyed on bankruptcy ...

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